The National Weather Service released its dry season forecast on Friday. (Credit: NWS-Miami)
Many areas of Palm Beach County and Broward County had significantly below normal precipitation during the South Florida rainy season, which ended Oct. 16, the National Weather Service in Miami said in a report released Friday.
Hollywood/ North Perry Airport in Broward ended the season, which began May 15, at 25.53 inches, of rain — 15.91 inches below average.
Fort Lauderdale/ Hollywood International Airport finished the season 10.06 inches below normal while Palm Beach International Airport was 7.93 inches below average with a rainfall total of 28.46 inches.
West Coast areas were generally wetter than average with LaBelle in Hendry County ending the season with an 11.11-inches surplus. Naples also had a siginficant precipitation surplus as did Immokalee.
National Weather Service forecasters reiterated in their dry season outlook that La Niña favors above normal temperatures for Florida and drier than normal conditions.
They warned that extended dry period may trigger drought conditions, leading to a greater risk of wild fires next spring.
They also said there will likely be fewer Arctic air cold snaps in South Florida, but noted: “Possibility of longer warm periods could make crops more sensitive to cold outbreaks that can still occur.”
The typical winter in South Florida has one or two freeze events, but actual freezing temperatures are more likely in the peninsula’s interior.
The 2016-2017 winter temperature outlook. (Credit: NOAA)
Halloween forecast: Mostly sunny and breezy with a high of 82 in West Palm Beach, and clear with a low of 73 Monday night. Forecasters are calling for a slight chance of showers in the Keys Monday and Monday night; clear skies with highs in the mid-80s on Florida’s West Coast; and sunny and slightly cooler temperatures on the Treasure Coast.